• Yossi Sheffi
  • Director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics, MIT
    Director of the Supply Chain Management Program, MIT
    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT
    Professor, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, MIT
    Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT
    Honorary Director, NSCIIC
  • Phone:+1-617-253-5316
  • Email:sheffi@mit.edu


Dr. Yossi Sheffi is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he serves as Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (MIT CTL). From 2007 to 2011 he served as the Director of the MIT Engineering Systems Division. Outside the university Professor Sheffi has consulted with governments and leading manufacturing, retail and transportation enterprises all over the world. He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded and co-founded five successful companies.

Dr. Sheffi was recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums and was on the cover of Purchasing Magazine and Transportation and Distribution Magazine. In 1997 he won the most prestigious recognition given by the Council of Logistics Management—the Distinguished Service Award. In 2006 he won the Aragón International Prize. In 2010 he became an honorary Doctor (Doctor Honoris Causa) of the University of Zaragoza in Spain and in 2011 he was awarded the Salzberg Medal and Award for "outstanding leadership and innovations in Supply Chain management" by the University of Syracuse. He is also a life fellow of Cambridge University's Clare Hall College. He obtained his B.Sc. from the Technion in Israel in 1975, his S.M. from MIT in 1977, and Ph.D. from MIT in 1978. He now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.


Research Interests

Systems Optimization, Risk Analysis, and Supply Chain Management


Teaching Interests

Systems Optimization, Risk Analysis, and Supply Chain Management


Selected Publications

Phadnis, S., Caplice, C., Sheffi, Y., & Singh, M. (2015). Effect of scenario planning on field experts' judgment of long-range investment decisions.Strategic Management Journal, 36(9), 1401-1411.
The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected (MIT Press 2015)
Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth (MIT Press, 2012)
The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage (MIT Press, 2005)
Sheffi, Y. (2001). Supply Chain Management under the Threat of International Terrorism. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 12(2), 1-11.
Urban Transportation Networks: Equilibrium Analysis with Mathematical Programming Methods (Prentice Hall, 1985)